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Date: July 5, 2013

World-renown Raptor Researcher Receives International Award

FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 5, 2013 – U.S. Forest Service scientist Richard Reynolds has been honored with the Raptor Research Foundation’s 2012 Fran and Frederick Hamerstrom Award. Reynolds, a Research Wildlife Biologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, is noted for his 45 years of research on forest birds of prey, including the northern goshawk, flammulated owl, spotted owl and others. The award especially recognizes his work with forest management agencies to improve habitat for the goshawk and the many plant and animal species in its food web. He is also recognized for participating in graduate student research and mentoring.

Reynolds and his associates have been studying the northern goshawk, a sensitive species, on a 700-square-mile area of Arizona’s Kaibab Plateau for over 20 years. Research findings provide credible scientific information that produced unique sets of forest management recommendations and conservation plans that help land managers in the Southwest meet their legal obligations to sustain wildlife species and their ecosystems. The management guidelines also restore healthy, productive forest ecosystems that are resistant to catastrophic fires and perhaps climate change. The award will be presented during the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Bariloche, Argentina, October 21-25, 2013.

For additional information on this research, please visit http://www.rmrs.nau.edu/wildlife/goshawk.

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